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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HAL LEONARD CORPORATION (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793563704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793563708
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,041,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.

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Overall, this book is good value if you are looking for accurate transcriptions.
davido84
If you are like me, someone who wants to play the actual piano parts but does not have the greatest ear for music to do this on you own, these books are great!
Hapworth
If there is any discrepancy between the actual sound created and the written note, go with the sound.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Siskbert on August 26, 2007
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Here are all the tunes:
* A Whiter Shade Of Pale
* Against The Wind
* Beth
* Bloody Well Right
* Changes
* Cold As Ice
* Come Sail Away
* Don't Do Me Like That
* Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)
* Dream On
* Evil Woman
* Final Countdown
* Green-Eyed Lady
* Heaven
* I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
* Joy To The World
* Killer Queen
* King Of Pain
* Lady Madonna
* Light My Fire
* Mandolin Rain
* My Life
* Oye Como Va
* Piano Man
* Point Of Know Return
* Roll With The Changes
* Runaway
* Say You Love Me
* Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
* Sister Christian
* Steppin' Out
* Takin' Care Of Business
* That's All
* Werewolves Of London
* Woman From Tokyo
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew P. Snyder on January 30, 2009
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This is an excellent resource for keyboardists. I'm still working through all the songs, but the transcriptions seem to be nearly completely accurate (though they left out Ray Manzarek's comping during the guitar solo in Light my Fire), and generally include all significant keyboard parts and occasional guitar/bass and horn lines. Most of the songs are not too challenging, save for a couple of solos; still, they are mostly fun to play. For me, growing up in the 80's and 90's, this book also serves as a good introduction to important keyboard songs from the 60's and 70's (as well as 80's). The songs cover a fairly wide range of styles, from piano pop to prog rock.

One word of caution - the Amazon introduction lists 'November Rain' and 'Layla' as part of the contents, but neither are included. The above reviewer's 'table of contents' is correct.

My one major complaint is the binding - as another reviewer mentioned, spiral-bound would be more helpful. Also, while no list of songs could ever be exhaustive, there are some major 'keyboard prominent' bands/artists missing (even considering the focus on pre-90's) - Yes, ELP, and even Elton John don't make it in (two by Billy Joel, but none by Elton John? must be an oversight). However, I am encouraged by the addition of other books in this series (R&B, Pop, etc) and hope this will lead to more collections of authentic keyboard transcriptions.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kerb On Keys on November 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what it says it is! ...note-for-note transcriptions of a handful of rock and roll classics. And the transcriptions are excellent. How can you not give it 5 stars?? There is NO WAY to play the original recordings more accurately - it's indespensable -- unless you have a super human ear, can memorize anything, and don't need to read music. My only complaint, which has little to do with this particular book, is that we need a whole lot more books just like this one, with more of the great keyboard hits we have come to love to perform. Please make more!!! I play part-time and don't have the time to transcribe everything I need in my repertoire.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By davido84 on December 29, 2010
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First, the good:

1. The transcriptions appear to be (for the most part) accurate. For a long time both professional and hobby pianists have had to put up with inaccurate, simplified transcriptions which duplicate the vocal part in the right hand and often omit entirely the most interesting instrumental parts of a song. This is great if you are accompanying a vocalist who doesn't know the song (since you can play along with them). But these simplifications are truly awful if you are trying to improve your skills by playing the actual piano part on the recordings, or are working with a singer who knows the melodies and can sing them without your help. In this book you have the notes that are played on the recordings.

2. The keys appear to be accurate. For example, I've never seen "Cold As Ice" in the key of E flat minor before. Every arrangement I've ever seen has this song in E minor. It's clear that the earlier publishers changed the key because they knew that amateurs are simply terrified by key signatures with more than a few flats or sharps. So the earlier publishers "dumbed down" this song to the key of E minor (1 sharp). Based on the fact that the publisher of this book was not afraid to print "Cold As Ice" in E flat minor (6 flats), I'm guessing all of the keys are original.

Now, the (somewhat bad):

1. Like many books of this type, what this book desperately needs (and appears to lack) is an editor who has both played through the transcriptions and is intimately familiar with the songs themselves. There is no other explanation for the omission of the trill in "Come Sail Away" in BOTH the introduction and it's return in the second verse. In this specific case it's not a big deal precisely because the trill is so obvious in the recording.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
My son chose this book because of the variety of music here, songs by the beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Beach Boys, Van Morrison, and on and on... The score is moderate and most can be played by an intermediate student. His piano teacher enjoys it so much, we're giving her a copy as a gift!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vote Libertarian on February 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
First off, most, if not all, of these Hal Leonard songs are available as individual digital downloads from online sheet music vendors, but be sure to preview them to verify if you're getting the authentic transcription or a simplified arrangement!

Eighteen of these transcriptions are also available in Hal Leonard's Keyboard Play-Along series (sheet music with sound-alike CDs that you play along with.) I thought the Keyboard Play-Along series CDs would be cheesy, but I'm impressed. The sound-alike bands on the CDs sound like excellent tribute bands (no vocals, though.)

Note that Hal Leonard's Keyboard Play-Along series uses these same accurate transcriptions. The Piano Play-Along series, on the other hand, has simplified sheet-music arrangements to go along with their somewhat cheesy CDs.

Because some people may prefer the Keyboard Play-Along CD books, I've listed the duplicate songs. I only have two of these Play-Along books (see comments below), but I assume the others also only have minor differences.

"Against The Wind" is in Vol. 1 Pop/Rock Hits
"Bloody Well Right" is in Vol. 7 Rock Classics
"Changes" is in Vol. 7 Rock Classics
"Cold As Ice" is in Vol. 7 Rock Classics
"Come Sail Away" is in Vol. 3 Classic Rock
"Don't Do Me Like That" is in Vol. 3 Classic Rock

"Dream On" is in Vol. 16 1970s Rock. This is essentially the same transcription, except the one in this Note-For-Note Transcriptions book includes additional lines for the intro strings and occasional lead guitar runs.

"Evil Woman" is in Vol. 7 Rock Classics

"Light My Fire" is in Vol. 11 The Doors.
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